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  1. #1 Friday Feature- The Galactic Senate Program 
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    In this week’s Friday Feature we are focusing on the Galactic Senate Program ahead of opening up nominations for the next 6-month Senate term.

    Overview

    The Galactic Senate is body of dedicated SWG Legends Players who have been elected by the Community to act as their representatives. Senators work with the Project Staff to ensure that the needs and priorities of the Community are given a voice. They also have the opportunity to be involved with some of the development process and are regularly called upon to test new content before it is released.

    Because of the confidential nature of their work within the project, all Senators are subject to a Non-Disclosure Agreement.


    Becoming a Senator

    Any active member of the SWG Legends Community can stand for election to the Galactic Senate. Senators are elected for a 6-month term of office, during which they are expected to maintain a reasonable level of activity within the community.

    In previous Senate terms, we have elected a Senator for each profession, as well as for each major game system and the most common player activities such as PvP and Roleplay, resulting in some twenty-plus Senators being elected! Starting with the new Senate term, we are reducing the number of Senators to TWELVE and removing the individual specialisations. This will open up the Senate to the whole Legends Community, and will allow the Senate to be more focused in its discussions with both Staff and the Community.

    Players may nominate themselves during the nomination period before each election takes place - players may nominate other players if they wish, but only with the players approval.



    Senate Elections take place in January and August each year. Previously elections have been carried out on the forums. Starting with the next election, voting will be done in-game at special Senate voting terminals which will be placed in major hubs across the galaxy. Players will get ONE vote PER ACCOUNT and can vote for any of the candidates on the ballot. At the end of the voting process the TWELVE candidates with the most votes will become the new members of the Galactic Senate!


    Responsibilities

    As a member of the Galactic Senate, Senators will be expected to be active participants in all aspects of the Legends Community.

    Galactic Senators will have the following responsibilities:

    • Represent the player base and their wishes for the game in terms of additions and changes
    • Be responsible for producing and maintaining various guides and bug lists on the forums
    • Discuss and debate changes and future development ideas with Staff at regular Senate meetings
    • Discuss and debate which changes would best benefit the community and post public polls to gauge community feedback
    • Review balancing issues between all gameplay elements (classes, starships, beasts, traders etc.) and assist the Quality Assurance Team with validating bugs and testing fixes if requested
    • Beta-test changes for upcoming updates and give feedback


    Senators will work with the Staff Senate Liaison to create a working agenda for each term of office and will be expected to attend regular meetings as well as be active on the Forums and in Discord, at all times working with the SWG Legends community.


    Privileges

    Senators will have access to the Galactic Senate forum, where debate and discussion will help mold the future direction of SWG Legends. Senators are granted limited moderator abilities such as locking threads, sticking threads, posting announcements, etc and are flagged with the prestigious title of Senator on the forums and in Discord.


    Nominations Opening SOON

    The current Galactic Senate’s term of office comes to a close at the end of August - we will be opening nominations for the next Galactic Senate on Monday 14th August 2017!
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  2. #2 Re: Friday Feature- The Galactic Senate Program 
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    I like these changes. Looks like the next batch of Senators have the resources to make some real positive change on the server.
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    Galactic Senators will have the following responsibilities:

    *Represent the player base and their wishes for the game in terms of additions and changes
    *Be responsible for producing and maintaining various guides and bug lists on the forums


    These two points never happen, and i cant see it changing either. some guides need to be written first, before update.
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    @madmick ,

    I have to disagree with you afraid.

    As a two-term Senator myself who has never missed a Senate meeting, I can tell you that Senate meetings are nothing but the Senate representing the views of the community in a wide variety of areas - in fact one of the reasons we have made the changes to the senate structure for this term is because there was just too much stuff being put forward to even know where to begin. There are many examples of the Senate putting forward community requests which were subsequently implemented......vehicle speed improvements for example?

    With a Community this size and a small Dev team like we currently have, it is impossible to expect @Aadi and her team to implement every single thing the community requests and work on adding back in the missing content everyone is asking for - a balance must be struck.

    As for the guides and bug lists, the current Senate has been asked to get these posted and up to date before they leave office at the end of August - whatever is not done will be the first priority for the new Senate.
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    These are some great changes, I feel.

    I'll be very interested in seeing how well the voting will occur in game. Was there a particular reason for this change?

    I'm excited to see what the next class of senators brings to the community expeirence overall!
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    @RibsMcCartney ,

    The main reason was to ensure it was only actively playing community members who could vote.
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